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Harvard University Research Compliance Officer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

56872BRAuto req ID:56872BRJob Code:359057 Admin Dept/Program Admin Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Research Compliance OfficerSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :057Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree or 5 years of relevant work experience required

  • Minimum of 3 years progressive work experience in three or more of the following areas: export control, sponsored projects, financial compliance, research administration, data management, conflict of interest, international collaborations, other compliance-related areas

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

  • Competency in:

  • export control

  • conflicts of interest

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Interpersonal awareness

  • Dedicated collaborator

  • Working comfort with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, Teams

  • Comfort working in a hybrid environment

  • Ability to pivot in an actively changing environment

Additional Information:

About Us:

Founded in 1890, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is the largest division of Harvard University. FAS is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching and learning and fostering cutting-edge research and discovery. FAS is redefining liberal arts education for the 21st century and is committed to making a Harvard education accessible to students from all backgrounds.

Research Administration Services (RAS) supports the research and scholarly activities of FAS and SEAS (the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) faculty, through close collaboration and oversight of/with the research faculty, staff and students by providing administrative support for the lifecycle of sponsored research. This support includes, but is not limited to, pre and post-award guidance, review, audit, and oversight of both financial and non-financial aspects of sponsored projects.

All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.

Department:Research Administration ServicesPre-Employment Screening:Credit, Criminal, Education, IdentitySchedule:M - F 9AM - 5PMJob Function:General Administration Job-Specific Responsibilities:

Brief description of responsibilities:

  • Provide guidance, information, support, and/or training in the following areas of research compliance:

  • conflicts of interest (both financial and non-financial)

  • export control

  • international collaborations

  • obligations, regulations, policy, and guidelines related to sponsored research

  • Support the development of processes/procedures related to research compliance for varying end-users (including but not limited to: faculty, Sr. Leadership, students, administrators/staff)

  • Support/assist in reporting and analysis of compliance oversight matters

  • Provide support for:

  • internal audits

  • external audits

  • Participate on various committees and task forces related to sponsored project compliance

  • Represent the team and department at various meetings/conferences

  • Represent the department and university at various meetings/conferences both locally and nationally

School/Unit:Faculty of Arts and Sciences EEO Statement:We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.Working Conditions:

Hybrid environment

The University requires all Harvard community members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with COVID-19 vaccine boosters, as detailed in Harvard’s Vaccine & Booster Requirements. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement, exemptions, and verification of vaccination status may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage:

Job Summary:

The Research Compliance Officer for Research Administration Services is a curious, effective communicator with a thirst for knowledge and investigative instincts. The ideal incumbent is also analytical and able to navigate a complex environment with a quickly changing landscape, often with competing priorities. At times with minimal guidance, and other times in partnership with others within the organization and/or faculty/students of the university, s/he will oversee, manage, support, guide and/or educate the research community on pre and post-award compliance matters related to sponsored projects. S/he will support leadership in the development and implementation of an exemplary compliance program for the research community under RAS’ purview.

S/he will support the research community through various and creative avenues of messaging and communication, providing clear and concise dissemination of federal, local government, university-wide and sponsor-related guidelines, policy, best practices, and regulations. S/he will represent the RAS compliance team on a number of university-wide committees. This successful candidate is agile, sincerely appreciates the significance of diversity in research and academia, and is a forward thinker who is flexible in a hybrid environment.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging:RAS values diversity; with full recognition that diversity is integral to success in research and achieving Harvard’s fundamental mission. This without a doubt extends into research administration and in turn, RAS is dedicated to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive culture that values, amplifies, and views as necessary strengths the unique qualities that varying backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and career paths bring to the workplace. RAS is committed in our service and support of the research community to ensure we practice, respect, and uphold Harvard’s core values of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging and are steadfast in our belief that adherence to these values allows us to make the most effective use of our collective talents.